In order to enter the Euro 2020 quarterfinals, Switzerland and Spain both had to put in some strong work. In order to ensure they endure, it is necessary for both of the two nations to outlast their opponents. This enables us to understand mental endurance as well as the importance of a winning mentality. Switzerland was close to being eliminated at the World Cup, but managed to come back and take out France. However, this was not the case for Spain. They broke Serbia’s endurance in extra time. The Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg will be the venue for this football classic.
Spain was three — time Euro champions, winning in 1964, 2008 and 2012. Spain is the only team to repeat as European champs. The Swiss team has taken a major leap in the FIFA Rankings. They gained enough points to rank 13th and qualified for Euro 2016 after defeating tournament favorite France via penalty shoot out. Spain’s quarterfinal match against Switzerland is anticipated, with both teams looking to build on their momentum.
Spain vs Switzerland: Match preview
Spain has had an up — and — down start to their UEFA Nations League campaign so far, recording a 1 — 1 draw against Germany, followed by a 4 — 0 defeat of Ukraine.
Enrique’s side were in action on Wednesday night as they drew 0 — 0 with Portugal in a friendly matchup, which offered valuable preparation for their next two fixtures.
It’s fair to say that Spain has had their problems in recent years, but they breezed through the qualifying stage for next summer’s European Championships, winning nine of 10 matches.
La Roja have now not been defeated in any competition since losing to Croatia in the 2018 — 19 tournament, a run which stretches 14 matches.
The reigning world champions want to improve their points total leading up to the October 13 game against Ukraine.
Switzerland opened their UEFA Nations League campaign with a 2 — 1 defeat to Ukraine on September 3 before picking up a point in a 1 — 1 draw against Germany three days later.
Vladimir Petkovic’s team are last in Group 4 with one point, but it is no question that they will have been encouraged by their performance against Germany.
Switzerland has had a tough few days, first losing to Croatia in a friendly before carrying straight into consecutive away games against Spain and Germany.
Nati’s success in the 2018 — 19 UEFA Nations League came after finishing top of a group that included Belgium. However, while they went on to lose to eventual winners Portugal in the semi — finals, Nati are still upbeat following their third place finish beating England on penalties during penalty shootouts.
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Spain have a lot to prove leading up to the World Cup in Russia. After recent disappointments at the European Championship in France and the World Cup two years ago in Brazil, La Roja is eager to return to top form.
Following an early season slump, Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui achieved a sense of equilibrium by mixing the team’s younger players with more experience. Six years after their last major success, which was at the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine, Spain will be heading to Russia with fresh blood and talent. Newcomers like Marco Asensio and Saul Niguez looked to replace key players like Pedro, Javi Martinez, and Cesc Fabregas in the Spanish squad before the 2018 World Cup. Lopetegui made a wise choice of retaining the services of other members who were essential to their victory four years ago. The likes of Sergio Ramos, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique are there to make what could be their last hurrah at the international stage. After leaving his beloved Barcelona this summer, legend Andres Iniesta will be eager to cap an emotional summer with the win that tops even a World Cup.
Spain Team News
Spain manager Enrique will make changes from the side that started against Portugal on Wednesday, with David de Gea, Pau Torres, Jesus Navas and Ansu Fati all in line to return
A 4 — 3 — 3 formation could include center midfielders Sergio Busquets and Rodri to maintain control of the middle of the park, while Gerard Moreno would again make an appearance going through the middle with Dani Olmo and Fati operating on either side.
Sergio Canales and Dani Ceballos both started against Portugal but can now drop out, while Fabian Ruiz has been unable to travel for La Roja due to quarantine rules after a coronavirus outbreak at Napoli.
A Look At Spain’s Betting Odds
Admittedly, Spain took part in a similar contest against Croatia earlier — leading 3 — 1 before conceding twice late on to force extra time.
The game began with a dramatic own goal in the tenth minute, as Simon failed to control Pedrosa’s long back — pass and allowed it to go through his legs into the open net.
Following a strong first half from Spain, La Roja dominated with scores coming from Pablo Sarabia, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ferran Torres.
Croatia rallied as substitutes Mislav Orsic and Mario Pasalic scored, but Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal made it 5 — 3 in extra — time.
That outcome gave us three successful predictions: a draw in normal time with odds of 0.14, and Torres scoring at odds of 0.125.
Morata divides opinion but that goal still makes it 21 goals in 44 international appearances.
For our last bet in Switzerland vs Spain, we’ll take 21/10 [11.1%] for him to outscore Seferovic during normal time in Saint Petersburg.
Switzerland, currently ranked sixth in the FIFA world ranking and a surprise quarterfinalist at the World Cup in 2006, could be one of this year’s potential surprise teams. It is impossible to quantify the chances of Switzerland getting out of their tricky group. If they want to have a realistic chance, Vladimir Petkovic’s men will need to take points from Brazil and Serbia in addition to Costa Rica.
The game against Spain awaits, which will be a deep insight into the real possibilities of this Swiss side. A 6 — 0 win over Panama in March indicated that Croatia’s team might be able to handle challenges with ease, but the forthcoming game against Spain will prove whether that remains true.But Switzerland’s World Cup opener against favorites Brazil will test the Swiss team ahead of their first match. Switzerland has notable players Breel Embolo and Granit Xhaka, among others, who will be tested against one of the top teams in the tournament.
Switzerland Team News
The Swiss will need to employ an offensive strategy, with forwards Seferovic, Embolo and Shaqiri posing a major threat every time they receive the ball. They are missing their suspended captain Xhaka who is unlikely to be replaced by Denis Zakaria.
Moving to Switzerland, there will be no Breel Embolo or Renato Steffen on the team. Therefore, changes will come from the side that played against Germany in their last UEFA Nations League game.
Steven Zuber and Remo Freuler could come into the XI; Haris Seferovic, who is the second — highest goalscorer in the squad with 19, will likely lead the line.
Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri was expected to miss out on the match after recently testing positive for coronavirus, but he has now returned a negative result and will travel to Spain.
Manuel Akanji is in isolation and will not therefore be involved.
A Look At Switzerland’s Betting Odds
Switzerland has already upset the odds once in this tournament by seeing off World Cup winners France via a Bucharest penalty shoot — out.
In regular time, Switzerland took the lead through Haris Seferovic but then had a penalty save before falling 3 — 1 behind to France’s second — half blitz.
Switzerland’s goals were scored by Seferovic, who headed in from Kevin Mbabu’s cross, and substitute Mario Gavranovic, with the latter finishing after an offside call.
Nine of his shots hit the back of the net in the shoot — out, but Yann Sommer saved Mbappe’s shot to send his team through.
Even though the Swiss looked comfortable in front, France seemed to be guilty of feeling complacent.
La Roja should not make the same mistake again and we feel they will grind out a clinical 1 — 0 victory against Switzerland.
Betting odds and tips for Spain vs Switzerland
The “both team to score” is offered at odds of and looks to offer excellent value, given the visitors’ recent scoring against top — ranked countries.
This matchup has won in six of Switzerland’s eight games in the Nations League, and four out of six games from Spain.
Spain vs Switzerland Latest Odds
Spain’s only competitive loss on home soil in the last 17 years came when they lost to England at odds of 1.
Switzerland can be backpacking at a price of while Portugal has the bargain priced at. The last time these two teams met was in an international friendly back in 2018, and it ended 1 — 1.
Switzerland vs Spain Betting Tips
In the quarter — finals of Euro 2020, Switzerland will look to follow up their remarkable penalty shoot — out win over France when they take on Spain at the Saint — Petersburg Stadium in Russia.
It is a difficult task to manage for any team, but the Spanish team had an especially hard time when they were pitted against Croatia in their last 16 tie. They achieved a great victory with full points; however, it’s not out of nowhere or unexpectedly.
Despite the result of two dramatic matches, both sides have shown signs of defensive weaknesses. And again, considering goals to be the best bet here.
The Swiss may be among the favourites for the trophy given their past success, but they will still face challenges like every other team.
Ultimately, Luis Enrique’s side is expected to edge their way towards a round of 16 showdown with Belgium or Italy, but neither team will have it easy and we are both backing them to score in another exciting Euro 2020 knockout contest. That could again require extra time to produce a winner.
Switzerland’s and Spain’s under 2.5 goals betting at 9/10 (1.90) has paid out in five of the last six matches, and in all three competitive home fixtures for Switzerland this year — as well as in Spain’s last six away games.
Tip 1: BTTS
Both teams have scored in four of their last seven meetings, including their last encounter in 2020, which ended with a 1 — 1 tie. Switzerland has scored four times in their last six international matches, three of which came at Euro 2020. Spain has only lost one game at Euro 2016 so far, and two of their last three games have also ended in draws. They had a 5 — 2 victory in the Croatia match.
Tip 2: Over 2.5 Goals
Despite each of the last few matches between these two countries resulting in low — scoring affairs, we expect a goals fest during their Euro 2020 second round. Switzerland has scored over 2.5 goals in five of their last six matches, including a 7 — 0 win over Liechtenstein and a 3 — 3 draw with France. Spain hasn’t seen fewer than three goals scored in any of its last five matches. With three goals being the average for a match, it’s no wonder their players are running up and down the pitch like madmen.
Tip 3: Switzerland to Qualify
After their recent victory over France, we’re predicting that Switzerland will make it to the semi — finals. Now, European qualifying bets will be settled if either Switzerland or Wales are the eventual winners regardless of the winning margin. Obviously, Spain are the big favourite to win this game, especially after scoring five goals in each of their last two matches. But Switzerland also came out on top against World Champions France and will be a force to reckon with.
Spain vs Switzerland: Prediction
This future head — to — head meeting will be another low scoring game, similar to the four previous meetings. After a few thrilling games in the round of 16, these two teams will likely look to play a much more conservative game, meaning we shouldn’t expect any excitement from this matchup.
Our decision to stick with a recent tradition, and take odds of — 170 on this bet. To sum it up, under 2.5 goals.
Football predictions and betting odds predict that Spain will win the upcoming quarter final clash against Switzerland.
Both teams exerted a tremendous amount of physical energy in the previous match and it will definitely show during this upcoming game. Despite the exhaustion, Spain and Switzerland are still expected to give their all for a spot in the semi — final. Spain is an expected favorite but Switzerland might pull off a victory after its last game. Nevertheless, Luis Enrique and his men will do their best to avoid any mishaps.
Prediction a 3 — 2 win for Spain.
Switzerland vs Spain: Head to Head Games
The longstanding footballing rivalry between Spain and Switzerland dates back to 1925 when they met for the first time ever on a football field. International soccer teams Spain and Switzerland played at least 22 games, starting with Spain’s 3 — 0 victory in 1996.
In the 22 matches that Spain have played against Switzerland, they have 16 wins while Switzerland have only won once. There are also 5 draws between these two teams.
In their last five games, Spain has 2 wins while Switzerland have won 1. They’ve drawn twice and the latest match was in November 2020 when they played a Nations League group game that ended in a 1 — 1 draw.
Spain vs Switzerland: Predicted Line Up
Spain Predicted Starting line — up: Unai Simón; Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Laporte, Gayà; Koke, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Ferran Torres, Morata, Sarabia
Switzerland Predicted Starting line — up: Sommer; Elvedi, Akanji, Rodríguez; Widmer, Freuler, Xhaka, Zuber; Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferović
Switzerland vs Spain: Defensive and Offensive Stats
Spain would most likely use a 4 — 3 — 3 formation in their matchup with Switzerland, while the Swiss may prefer a 3 — 4 — 1 — 2 formation.
Spain vs Switzerland 2020: Conclusion
Spain is favored to win, but historically Switzerland has been hard to beat under Petkovic. The Spanish side was able to show that they still have what it takes to beat Germany, but in — game changes are needed. We are backing the wager that says there will be fewer than 2.5 goals scored and also for a draw/Spain. The home win has little value which is why we won’t back it.
The Spanish team is on a mission to climb back to the world pedestal, but they’ll face tough competition in the Swiss side. Spain are the strong favourites to progress into the second round of this year’s World Cup, but Switzerland have been a tough opponent for many teams.